Verbatim Open-Ended Responses to 2012 Community Survey Question – What do you like most about the Northside?

  • Diversity, Neighborliness, incredible parks, Troy gardens.  The “small town” feel—-not over-developed or pretentious.
  • It is an affordable neighborhood with lots to offer.
  • Warner Park
  • Close to bus stops and shopping
  • It has a feeling of neighborhood with a lot of community involvement
  • Good Location
  • We love our Cherokee marsh, but they are going to disrupt it all and put in big water retention  ponds—please do not do this.
  • The Warner Park Community Center and the Lakeview Library & Staff are the best around
  • Warner Park…when we do not have to side-step gangsters at the basketball courts.
  • Walking distance to most places—I do not drive.  My neighborhood has friendly people
  • Low traffic, easy to get around, Quiet neighborhoods, relatives close by.
  • The People
  • Close to the airport and Downtown
  • Nature – the Marsh
  • Easy to get around; Friendly people; Lots going on—I have lived here for 50+ years.
  • Convenience to the square, East town mall and West town
  • Very Safe.  I live in Maple Bluff —Great place to live.
  • Proximity to both sides of Madison; Nearby woods trails and wildlfe areas
  • No place else in Madison is as [family friendly] as the Northside (Rhythm and Booms, Warner Park, Mallards, etc.)
  • All the green spaces / Lake access and lagoons
  • Not much traffic —Quiet—  Good places to shop
  • Access to downtown;  Nature; Local Services
  • Cherokee Marsh / Green Spaces
  • Lakes, Parks, Wildlife and Fishing
  • Its small enough that you know yor neighbors
  • Its a neighborhood.  Friendly and helpful businesses (Meikle’s & Jims) Warner Park Rec Center is a great hub.  People care about their properties.
  • Just moved here last Oct.  Do not have any opinions, but I do enjoy the Senior Coalition
  • Lower Taxes (Lower than West side)
  • Troy Gardens, Warner Park, Nature
  • Wildlife; Proximity to East and West; Lake
  • I like the parks on the Northside, but do NOT feel safe enough to walk in them alone.
  • Easy to get to other parts of the city.  Fun in the summer.  Good schools.
  • I am within minutes of Madison’s greatest treasures…Cherokee Marsh, Troy Gardens, Warner PArk and Lake View Hill.
  • NOT MUCH!   Stop promoting the low income housing—including Habitat for Humanity.  Things happening on the Northside are not “Random acts” expressed by police—call it for what it is…CRIME!  I’m tired of supporting mothers having multiple children with multiple fathers.
  • Friendly businesses —neighborly, small town feel, Sunday farmers markets.
  • The diversity and Warner Park and Troy Gardens
  • Close t downtown – But close to freeway and shopping.
  • It is like living in a small town with all the conveniences of a city for shopping.
  • Close to downtown but less hectic for driving.  Easy to get out of town.  Feels like a small community more local businesses.  Much better than the suburbs.
  • Diversity among residents
  • I have a decent place to live with amenities, and [it is] convenient to madison and area
  • It’s a cohesive community that everyone seems to be interested in improving.
  • Diversity, natural resources, parks
  • being minutes from civilization
  • Short commute to work on campus; having Warner Park so close; easy access to interstate for heading to Milwaukee, Chicago area or up north; more affordable homes.
  • The “old neighborhood” feel.
  • Warner Park
  • The neighborhoods, nice playgrounds and places to walk. Nice dog parks.
  • I LOVE THE NORTHSIDE. my home for most of my life!!!!!!!!
  • The great neighbors and warner park!
  • small community feel
  • My neighbors! It’s a great, diverse neighborhood.
  • Warner Park. Shopping in bicycle range. Close enough to downtown, but not too close. Near Mendota Lake. Lots of wildlife. Good neighbors. More house and lot for the money.
  • I love my home and my neighborhood.
  • smaller community and not too congested like the westside is.
  • Diversity, progressive people committed to making this a community, Farmer’s Mkt, NPC, Library, Police, Trish O’Kane’s Middle School nature explorers, neighborhood feel.
  • The people
  • Close to Cherokee marsh and nature.
  • People work together to accomplish improvements.
  • The friendly, laid back vibe.  I grew up on the West side of Madison and people on the North side are more friendly, more neighborly and more apt to help someone with a stuck car or other issue.
  • Our family likes the fact that the Northside is both ethnically and economically diverse. Warner Park is a definite asset and makes walking fun! The community center is also great for classes and exercise. We also appreciate the attitude of the police on the Northside.
  • good neighbors; proximity to places important to me; easy navigation to get elsewhere; mix of income levels, ethnic background, educational background, etc; COMMON SENSE ATTITUDES; affordable housing; Warner Park and particularly the dog park
  • Convenient to get anywhere.
  • The diversity of the population, and the opportunities for change.
  • Parks, Schools, Shopping, Restaurants, Housing stock
  • The proximity to natural areas, as well as the ability to bike downtown.
  • Warner park, the beach, and lakeview elementary school.
  • location, location, location.  Love being close to downtown, parks, trees, schools, library, rhythm & booms, highway, but still solidly residential.
  • Warner Park
  • somewhat quiet, bike trails
  • Green spaces  Sense of community
  • Warner Park!
  • The people are very strong, individualistic and interesting.
  • Small, diverse feel close to lovely greenspace with a lot of interetsing neighbors – and within 15 min of downtown.
  • Many parks and green spaces, large trees, community pride.
  • Fun place to grow up.
  • Warner Park! :-)
  • Being close to everything.
  • Its history of innovation and community organizing.  The energy and strength of its residents!
  • The people and the green space.
  • The community
  • This is the side of town I grew up on so the Brentwood area will always feel somewhat like home.What I like most about the Northside is Warner Park although I don’t always feel as safe there anymore, especially once the sun starts to set.
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  • The Community Center
  • Neighborhoods, Lakes, Schools, Warner Park
  • That it is a big residential community with a neighborhood feel
  • Warner Park. My house.
  • Small town feel.
  • Housing affordability & green spaces
  • The Parks, easy access to other parts of the city, affordable housing prices by comparison, low crime, great city services!
  • Affordable place to live, green space/public areas
  • The community feel, and the natural areas (Warner, Cherokee, Troy/Community Groundworks, Mendota grounds, and access to Gov. Nelson as well).
  • Warner Park, Rhythm & Booms, Mallards
  • I love that we are near parks, shopping and ease to reaching downtown and the east side.
  • North side pride!
  • The convenience to downtown, Cherokee Marsh, Nautigal, Gov. Nelson, Warner Park, the Mallards, Northside farmers market etc etc :)
  • It offers great scenery, a strong sense of community and pride.
  • My home
  • affordability, Cherokee Marsh and parks
  • friendly people, easily accessible businesses, light traffic, lots to do
  • Such nice lakes and so many natural areas in parks nearby, within easy walking and biking distance
  • The creative people & natural resources
  • Access to the lake and green spaces
  • People, sense of community, marsh, environmental resources
  • strong community identity
  • lakes,green spaces, large yards, affordable home, great leadership and sense of community
  • The wildlife, great neighbors.
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center
  • Old-growth trees; great parks; well-kept secret; family friendly!
  • Warner Park.  Areas you can access easily to walk, bike and run
  • The open spaces and quiet neighborhoods.
  • Small town feel in a larger city community.
  • Natural areas, conservation lands, open spaces, and parks, all near the Yahara River lake system, with Cherokee Marsh.
  • open spaces and good shopping services
  • Proximity to green space.
  • how close I am to nature in general: Warner Park, Cherokee Marsh, etc.
  • Green spaces galore!
  • culture: easy-going, inclusive, not pretentious, outdoorsy…
  • Closeness to Mendota Lake, Cherokee Marsh, Warner Park, Govenor Island  and  Tenney Park  Closeness to downtown, mixed population, our own farmers market,   Easy biking, Northside Newsletter
  • Its small-town feel.
  • Grew up on the Northside of Madison.  Consider it home.
  • The diversity and open opportunity
  • Been here 44 years-everything.   May not be perfect but it is what it is and THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS THAT GREEN IN OTHER PARTS.
  • The neighbors are very laid back.
  • Sense of community
  • The sense of a self-sufficient diverse community.  I like the number and variety of services that are accessible in a fairly small geographic area.  I LOVE the diversity of the area’s population with regard to age and ethnicity.  Having our own Farmer’s Market is a fantastic asset.  It is close, has plenty of parking, and is small enough to make it easy to get what you want without spending an entire day doing it.
  • The convenience of living close to downtown Madison and having Warner Park ay our doorstep.
  • Quiet neighborhoods. Tree lined streets with lots of green space and great parks. Good schools and recreation programs.
  • It’s a close-knit, vibrant, diverse, friendly and forward-thinking community whose residents care about protecting their environment, their schools, economic development and identity.
  • Community feel.
  • all the parks, dog parks, and the diversity of the people
  • Convenient access to all parts of the city.
  • The quiet family oriented neighborhoods where the neighbors actually know each other.
  • Warner Park fireworks
  • The people, my friends and neighbors.
  • Close proximity to public land/open space.  Warner park, Cherokee Marsh, Cherokee Lake/Yahara River, Lake Mendota, all within mere blocks of our house.
  • Lots of great nature spots within close range.  Lots of great dog parks within a few miles.  The Northside News, Troy Gardens, great community!
  • Diversity of residents (economic and otherwise).  Location is great – really easy to get downtown, and Middleton/west side is very accessible via north route.  It’s nice being really close to the airport, too.
  • The diversity, in all categories that word includes, of the people who live here and the way we can all work together towards important goals.
  • It’s not as hoity touity as the rest of the city.    It’s also so close to the interstate that leaving for a day trip is simpler
  • My family is here
  • Cherokee Marsh
  • Warner Park
  • Pierce’s, the Mallards, Manna Cafe, Noah’s Ark, Bella Italiana, Coffee Gallerie, True Value – all these things are close to home and neighborly!  And I love the Farmer’s Market.
  • The people, Cherokee Marsh, Warner Park, the sense of community.
  • Cherokee marsh
  • Unpretentious community feeling and natural resources (Cherokee Marsh & lake, greenspaces, Warner Park)
  • Diverse people–all ages, cultures, incomes. Active and involved. Lots of wild areas and animals, especially the Sandhill Cranes.
  • I like the environmental resources, the NPC efforts to build community, NESCO, the diversity of people that life and work up here and the cost of living.
  • Convenience to downtown, UW campus.  Proximity to Mallards, Cherokee Marsh
  • Where we live on the north side is a real sense of community.  People care about their neighbors.
  • The natural areas and open space – Warner Park, Governor’s Island, Cherokee Marsh. Troy Gardens and the community of people involved in it.
  • It is like a small town. Is not a busy part of Madison- not a lot of retail/restaurants that increases traffic and hustle bustle like other parts of town. Nature/Woods/Lake all nearby. Easy access/commute to all parts of town, airport and interstate. Friendly people.Good small size local restaurants. Good selection of stores, hardware, drugstore, library, gas, meat market, Farmers Market, barber/hairstyling, banks, grocery including Copps, nursery/flower.
  • Natural resources - Cherokee marsh, warner park, lake mendota shoreline
  • We can go downtown, east, or west with little to no traffic.
  • Affordable homes for first time homebuyers.
  • Proximity to Warner Park and Cherokee Marshland.
  • Warner Park.  Traffic is not too bad.  Close-by businesses that cover the essentials: groceries, hardware, hair salon, post office, bank.
  • feels like a real community. has everything I need within a 3-mile radius.
  • Far enough from downtown, but not too far- it’s quiet at night but still easy to get to work.  The Mallards are a close second though!
  • Diversity in neighbors, lots of green space, affordable housing
  • the people – it’s a diverse and engaged community
  • sense of community, uniqueness, green spaces, WPCRC,
  • Nature, good people and easy to get around